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Parshat Bechukotai

PARSHA ON PARADE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY
OF MY DEAR FATHER AND REBBI:
HARAV HAGAON RAV YESHAYA SHIMANOWITZ Z'TZL ,
ROSH YESHIVA
IN
YESHIVAS RABAINU YAAKOV YOSEF
(RABBI JACOB JOSEPH YESHIVA - RJJ)
IN NYC FOR OVER 23 YEARS.
NIFTAR ON 20 ADAR 5758 - MARCH 18, 1998.
MAY HE BE A MAYLITZ YOSHER FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL.

AND

MY DEAR MOTHER
REBITZEN BRACHA ETEL SHIMANOWITZ A'H
WHO DEVOTED HER ENTIRE LIFE TO MY FATHER AND HIS TORAH,
NIFTERA ON 21 TEVET 5770 - WED EVE. JANUARY 6, 2010.
MAY SHE BE A MAYLITZA YOSHER FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL


Menachim Z. Shimanowitz

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PARSHA
FACTS

NUMBER OF MITZVOT: 12
7 MITZVOT ASEH (POSITIVE COMMANDMENT)
5 MITZVOT LO TAASEH (NEGATIVE COMMANDMENT - PROHIBITION)

NUMBER OF PESUKIM (SENTENCES): 78

NUMBER OF WORDS: 1013

NUMBER OF LETTERS: 3992

HAFTORA: (Additional portion, from Prophets, which is read after the Parsha)
Yirmiyahu / Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14

Shabbat Mevarchim Chodesh Sivan which falls on Friday, May 26, 2017.
This week we study Chapter 5 of Pirkei Avot - "Ethics of the Fathers"

יום ירושלים Yom Yerushalayim is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.


פרשת בחוקותי
THE
PARSHA
In our last episode, the Jewish calendar went full circle as the Torah introduced Shmita, the seventh year of the 7 year cycle, and Yovel, the fiftieth year in a 50 year cycle.

As our Parsha opens, Moshe explains to the Bnei Yisrael that Hashem wants the nation to dedicate their hearts and minds to learning Torah and doing Mitzvot. If the nation takes the Torah's learning challenge, Hashem has five blessings lined up.


1.
HERE
COMES
THE
RAIN:

BrachotHashem promises to give rain in Eretz Yisroel at the right time.

Rain is a tricky thing to fool around with. In Davening (praying) we're careful about when we ask for rain and make sure we ask for the right amount. Too little or too much rain can devastate the land.

Hashem promises that the rain will freshen the water supply and keep the residents of Eretz Yisroel, their children and animals healthy.


2.
FOOD
BROOD

Hashem promises that the grains will be in such abundance that it will take months to thresh the fields. By the time the fields are cut the vineyards will kick in with a bountiful grape harvest.

On top of that, even trees that don't usually give fruit - will bear fruit, and the fruit will ripen in one day!

One more thing; the old Shmita clause that makes the stomach satisfied with less food will kick in on this Bracha too.


3.
LET'S
TALK
PEACE:

A country that's got a good crop has to watch out for jealous enemies.

Hashem promises to keep the armies of surrounding countries out of the land. Even armies just passing through to fight other nations will find another route and avoid Eretz Yisroel.

As a bonus, Hashem will even keep the peace when wild animals find their way into the neighborhood.


4.
POPULATION
CELEBRATION:

Hashem promises that He will bless a Torah nation with lots of healthy kids and long life.

Don't worry about the bills, Hashem will provide plenty of food and make sure the grain in the fields will stay fresh and tasty even better than the new crop. You'll be blessed with so much grain that you'll run out of storage room and stomach room.


5.
MAKE ROOM:
HASHEM
IS COMING
TO VISIT!

Best of all blessings, Hashem promises that if we keep the Torah and its Mitzvot, Hashem will dwell amongst us. He will open our eyes and hearts to His Shechina (glory) so that we will understand Him.

Hashem wants to be close to us. It is we who have to draw Him in. But if we choose to reject Him, that's a different story.


YOU
LEAVE
YOU
LOSE:

There isn't much of a choice when you're the Chosen People. Hashem not only rewards you for keeping His Mitzvot but he punishes you just as hard if you don't accept His offer.

INTRODUCING
SIX
PUNISHMENTS:

  1. Hashem will bring about sickness.

  2. Forget the abundance of crops - we're talking famine and hunger throughout the land.

  3. The wild animals, however, won't be hungry.

  4. Enemies of Israel will kill many Jews.

  5. You thought Egypt was plagued? Just look out for a punishment of plagues for not keeping Hashem's Mitzvot.

  6. Hashem will destroy the Bait Hamikdash and exile the Jewish people.

Of course, Hashem wants us to live by His Mitzvot.

This warning is Hashem's way of keeping us in line. If we stray, Hashem will accept our tshuva (repentance). Hashem will remember His pact with Avrahom, Yitzchok and Yaakov. He will then end the galut when the right time comes.


A
VALUABLE
DONATION

We already know that Hashem doesn't want us to copy the demented ways of other nations that make human sacrifices.

Throughout the Torah, Hashem promotes the idea of physcologically giving yourself to Hashem. One way is to give an animal or flour offering. Another way is to give money. The Mitzva here is to give your "value" to the Mishkan or Bait Hamikdash. Hashem's even got a price in mind.

Males from 1 month to 5 years old are worth 5 silver shekels.

Females from 1 month to 5 years old are worth 3 silver shekels.

Males from 5 to 20 years old are worth 20 silver shekels.

Females from 5 to 20 years old are worth 10 silver shekels.

Males from 20 to 60 years old are worth 50 silver shekels.

Females from 20 to 60 years old are worth 30 silver shekels.

Males from 60 years and up are worth 15 silver shekels.

Females from 60 years and up are worth 10 silver shekels.

Each Shekel is six drams of pure silver. Value

Let's say a person is so happy with his son's A+ report card that he declares "I want to give the value of my son to the Bait Hamikdash." The money is used to make repairs in the Bait Hamikdash.

If someone pledges a "value," and cannot afford to come up with the bucks mentioned above, the Kohain will estimate how much he is to give.


NO
BACKSIES

The Torah tells us that once an animal has been pledged as an offering to the Bait Hamikdash the animal cannot be exchanged. If a person ignores this law and attempts to make a switch, both animals are now dedicated to the Bait Hamikdash.

Hashem adds other Mitzvot regarding non-kosher animals and other material goods, (such as houses, fields) pledged to the Bait Hamikdash.


FARMER'S
TITHE

MaaserThe final mitzvah of the book of Vayikra is for a farmer to give a tenth of his cattle to Hashem. If a Jewish farmer raised cows, sheep or goats he has a mitzvah to give every tenth new born animal to Hashem. This mitzvah is called "Ma'aser Behaima."

Here's how it's done;

Once a year a farmer takes all the animals born that year into a corral or stable with a door too small for more than one animal to exit at a time. Their mothers are left outside so the young animals will want to leave the corral or stable. The farmer counts the animals as they leave. Every tenth animal that comes out is touched with a stick that has been dipped in red paint. Then the farmer calls out "This animal is Ma'aser." The "no backsies" law applies here too.

The farmer than takes these chosen animals to Yerushalayim where the Kohain slaughters them. Next, the Kohain burns the inner parts on the Mizbayach (Altar) as a sacrifice to Hashem and gives the meat to the farmer who is permitted to eat the meat only in Yerushalayim.

Part of Hashem's plan is to make sure that even a farmer who works morning till night will find the time to immerse himself in Torah study. The farmer would then return to his family with a great sense of understanding and welcome the Shechina into every aspect of his life.


With this we complete the third book of the Torah, Vayikra. We've shared the joy of dedicating the Mishkan and the tragedy of the death of Aharon's sons. The Kohain Gadol got Yom Kippur rituals and Hashem gave sinners a way out of doomsville with Tshuva on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

We were given a formula for being a Holy Nation as a ton of Mitzvot came pouring in during Kedoshim and we got a national identity as the cycle of Jewish life introduced the Regalim, Shmita and Yovel.

Kohanim stuck to the korbanot as Moshe relayed the Mishkan's rituals to the Bnei Yisroel and Hashem gave us a way to wipe the slate clean every fifty years. Yovel rejuvenates the nation and gives us a fresh start.

Finally, we leave Vayikra with one message:

Hashem wants to be a part of our lives. If we are dedicated to Hashem, He will be dedicated to us.

Tune in next week as the Jewish nation takes the Mishkan and the mitzvot on the road as we prepare for a 40 year trek through the midbar (desert) in the next exciting episode of :

Parsha on Parade

Midrash Maven


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